Inflation Adjustment for Civil Monetary Penalties Under Sections 274A, 274B, and 274C of the Immigration and Nationality Act
As required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice are publishing these rules adjusting for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by those two Departments under sections 274A, 274B, and 274C of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The adjusted civil money penalties are calculated according to the specific formula laid out by law, and will be effective for violations occurring on or after the effective date of these rules.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a component agency of the Department of Justice (DOJ), is issuing a final rule exempting a new Privacy Act system of records, the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange. The FBI published a system of records notice for N-DEx and a proposed rule implementing these exemptions on October 4, 2007. The listed exemptions are necessary to avoid interference with the law enforcement functions and responsibilities of the FBI. This document addresses public comments on the proposed rule.
Solicitation for a Cooperative Agreement-Evidence Based Decision Making for Local Criminal Justice Systems
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups or individuals who would like to enter into a cooperative agreement with NIC for the eighteen month development phase of a new initiative, ``Evidence Based Decision Making for Local Criminal Justice Systems'' (justice systems). Project Goal: The overall goal of the initiative is to establish and test articulated linkages (information tools and protocols) between local criminal justice decisions and the application of human and organizational change principles (evidence based practices) to achieve measurable reduction of pretrial misconduct and post-conviction risk of re-offending. The unique focus of the initiative is locally developed strategies of criminal justice officials (broadly defined below) that guide practice within existing sentencing statutes and rules. The initiative intends to: (1) Improve the quality of information that leads to making individual case decisions in local systems, and (2) engage these systems as policy making bodies to collectively improve the effectiveness and capacity of the decision processes related to pretrial release/sentencing options. The local officials will include judges, prosecutors, public defenders, court administrators, police, human service providers, county executives and legislators, and jail, probation and pretrial services agencies' administrators. Local criminal justice decisions are defined broadly to include dispositions regarding: Pretrial release or detention and the setting of bail and pretrial release conditions, pretrial diversion or post plea diversion ``sentences,'' charging and plea bargaining, sentencing of adjudicated offenders regarding use of community and custody options, mitigation or reduction of sentences, and responses to violations of conditions of pretrial release and community sentences.
Hearing of the Review Panel on Prison Rape
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) announces the second and third hearings of the Review Panel on Prison Rape (Panel), which will be held in Washington, DC, on March 11-14, 2008, and in Houston, Texas on March 27-28, 2008. The hearing times and location are noted below. The purpose of the hearings is to assist the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in identifying common characteristics of victims and perpetrators of prison rape, and prison systems with the highest and lowest incidence of prison rape. On December 16, 2007, BJS issued the report Sexual Victimization in State and Federal Prisons Reported by Inmates, 2007. The report presents data from the National Inmate Survey, 2007 conducted in 146 state and federal prisons. The report provides a listing of state and federal prisons ranked according to the incidence of prison rape as required by the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. The Panel is required to conduct separate public hearings on the operations of the three prisons with the highest incidence of prison rape and the two prisons with the lowest incidence of prison rape.
Incentive Award Program Delegation
This rule amends part 0 of title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations to increase from $5,000 to $7,500 the dollar limit up to which certain component heads of the Department of Justice may approve incentive awards. The rule also makes minor revisions to the regulations to reflect organizational changes and updated terminology, and to provide for consistency with existing personnel delegations.